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Obama’s New Era of Secrecy

SecretAs a candidate, Barack Obama swore he would throw open the activities of government to light of public scrutiny.  In his inauguration, he swore to disclose everything.  As President, he has instituted strict rules of secrecy on White House actions–except those of his predecessors.

Now, Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, no friend of the right, notices the incongruity between Obama’s promises and his actual openess.

He finds that Obama’s openess executive order contains loopholes that the media have ignored until now.  For example, the memo requires transparency only “if practicable.”  More limiting, transparency applies only to “pending legislation,” not to the White House’s continuing practice legislating by presidential decree.

But Isikoff failed to point out that the White House routine violates the legislation rules.  Meetings, memos, and the legislation itself was intentionally hidden from public inspection.

Kudos to Isikoff for having the courage to point out this continuing act of hypocrisy by Obama.  Let’s hope he keeps it up after the White House revokes Newsweek’s press passes.

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

2 Comments on “Obama’s New Era of Secrecy

  1. Obama is a liar. We could trust Bush, who by thehe greatest President ever. way was t

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